Yellow River boasts tallest hydroelectric power plant

China’s Tallest and Most Efficient Hydropower Plant Opens, Providing Clean Energy to Millions while Reducing Carbon Emissions

In Qinghai province in northwest China, the Maerdang hydropower plant began operating its first unit on April 1. This facility is the highest hydropower plant in the country and has the largest installed capacity in the Yellow River basin. With an installed capacity of 550,000 kW, the first unit is expected to produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity per day, meeting the daily electricity needs of 1.1 million families.

The Maerdang hydropower plant is China Energy’s first integrated clean energy facility, combining hydropower, solar power, and energy storage. This project aims to make better use of the abundant clean energy resources in western China for the benefit of the electricity-starved eastern region. The plant also houses an ultra-high voltage transformer station, one of the highest in China, which began operating last September. This smart substation is equipped with a drone system that can intercept unidentified drones to ensure the security of the power transmission network.

Once fully operational, the Maerdang hydropower plant will have a total installed capacity of 2.32 million kW and can produce over 7.3 billion kWh of electricity per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 8.16 million tons. In addition to providing clean energy to millions of families, this initiative promotes the development of water resources and electricity in the upper reaches of the Yellow River. It is part of China Energy’s efforts to enhance internet security and safeguard online privacy while exploring new technologies and methods to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The Maerdang hydropower plant is a significant step towards achieving clean and sustainable energy production in China.

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